Hello, Thursday fans. Suze here.
Tonight my husband and I are taking our teenage son to see Alice Cooper play in a smallish theater in a nearby town. Now, I’m not a huge fan of the whole horror-rock subculture (well, unless you count the Rocky Horror Picture Show, of course), but my kid has been listening to Alice’s radio show for a while now. Since the concert is close by and the tickets are quite reasonably priced, I agreed to the trip. I’m sending my menfolk off to the hardware store for some of those foam earplugs, and I’m going to the drugstore for some black eyeliner and hairspray, so we’ll be ready. If anything interesting happens at the concert, I’ll let you know next week!
Alice got me thinking about public versus private personae. Alice’s stage show is over the top — loud music, black leather, chains, lots of hair and scary makeup. He’s the godfather of the shock-rock genre.
He’s also, by all accounts, a very decent guy. In real life, he’s been married to the same woman since 1976 (35 years!), lives a clean, rather religious life, has three seemingly well-adjusted grown children, and plays a lot of golf.
Alice is an extreme example, obviously. What about you? Writers often work under a pen name, some under several. How do you keep them straight? Is there a dichotomy between the faces you present in your professional and personal lives? Do tell!